Major Programs for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences can pursue a Major in the following subjects:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Languages, Linguistics and Literatures
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Sociology

Click Here to download a PDF version of SHSS Major Requirements.

Each major in SHSS is completed by following a program of study that is designed to ensure that students develop expertise in a chosen field.  In order to develop expertise in the field, all of the programs of study include a number of courses that are required within the major area.  Those courses are known as Major Requirements.

In addition to this field expertise, all SHSS programs are designed to ensure that students have a broad base of common education so that they are knowledgeable about a wide variety of topics and able to adapt to new situations throughout their lives.  In order to develop this broad base, students are required to take a number of courses from outside of their major field.  These courses are known as Distribution Requirements and they include courses in various fields within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.

Finally, students must take additional courses in any area that they choose. This last set of credits is known as Electives and students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of topics and personal interests.

A total of 240 ECTS credits are required to complete any SHSS Major, which takes four years of full-time study.
Some students will be able to complete a Double Major by fulfilling the Major Requirements of two SHSS majors. Because of the different Distribution Requirements in each NU school, it is not possible to complete a Major in SHSS as well as one in another school within four years.